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Acting Labor Secretary Pizzella Served Five Administrations

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Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will now become acting labor secretary. (Wikipedia)

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Friday, 12 July 2019 11:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In announcing the resignation Friday morning of Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that his successor will be Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella.

Pizzella, 65, in the president’s words   “will do the job. Highly recommended by Alex. Going to be [Acting Secretary]. He’s already been told.

In tapping the third member of his cabinet to be on “acting status" (meaning Pizzella will have all the power of a cabinet secretary prior to his confirmation by the Senate), Trump chose someone who has held top positions in four Republican administrations and, for two years, under Democrat Bill Clinton.

Despite Pizzella’s much praised credentials and performance in government, it took the Senate ten months before finally confirming him as deputy secretary on a party-line vote (50-to-48) in April, 2018. 

Administration sources say they expect a similar Senate fight if and when Trump sends up his nomination for the permanent secretaryship. 

Having worked in Ronald Reagan’s almost successful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976, Pizzella served under President Reagan at the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration.

Following a brief stint as deputy under secretary of management at the U.S. Department of Education in 1988-89, he and other conservatives resigned following the exit of then-Secretary of Education and conservative hero William J. Bennett.

Pizzella was one of the few Reagan alumni to move to the administration of his successor George H.W. Bush. The late Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp tapped him for the Federal Housing Finance Board. In that capacity, Pizzella oversaw the Federal Home Loan Bank boards putting some of their profits into housing.

He was kept on as director of administration at FHFB for two years under President Clinton.

After six years in private business, Pizzella was brought back into government under President George W. Bush as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administraton and Management.  For eight years, he worked closely with then-Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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In announcing the resignation Friday morning of Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, the President told reporters at the White House that his successor will be Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella.
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